|Hey folks! April has been an absolutely jam-packed month here at Feel It HQ. Where to start? It was a blast to set up at Damaged City for the fourth year in a row. I booked an outdoor DIY gig for Hank Wood and the Hammerheads last weekend and something like 200 people showed up! Spent a lot of time in the studio and practice space, finishing the Cement Shoes 7", tightening things up for the Fried Egg 12", and even finished up the debut cassingle for a solo project that I've had in the works for a long while. More on all of that later. Anyhow, there is a LOT of news + updates this month, so Iets get to it, shall we?|
First up - the vinyl for the GEN POP "II" 7" showed up about three weeks ahead of schedule, so with the print pieces finishing soon, I've added preorder options to the site and posted the full EP on Bandcamp for streaming+downloading. The official release date on this one will be May 11. If you're after a color copy (on stunning bright yellow vinyl), it may be wise to preorder, because I see my copies going rather quickly.
Preorder the 7" (Bright yellow vinyl, limited to 100 copies.)
Stream/download on Bandcamp.
With Spring officially in effect, and our stock of shirt sizes dwindling, I decided it was about time for a new run of shirts! This time, we've got striking red ringer tees available, featuring artwork from Shiva of Kaleidoscope. I also made a small run of tote bags. All orders of $100 or more will receive a free tote while supplies last.
I just approved test presses and finalized the packaging for our reissue of the seminal 1984 LP from THE LANDLORDS. 21 tracks of fast, witty, and highly original hardcore punk, recorded at the now-legendary Inner Ear Studios. We've remastered this from the original master tape and have a 12 page booklet and 18 bonus tracks with the digital download. That will be out in mid-June, along with a reissue of theINSINUATIONS 7" (Richmond, 1980), and a second pressing of RIK AND THE PIGS "Blue Jean Queen" 7". Look for the Pigs on the East coast in September!
Last month, I promised that there would be even more to announce, and I'm holding true to that! I just sent off a 7" single for CEMENT SHOES that will be released in July for our appearance at Lokifest in Cleveland. These new tracks really epitomize the creativity and sense of humor that the band holds, and the production easily eclipses our demo. Brandon even sez it's his favorite thing that he's played on since the Brown Sugar LP!
Have a listen to "Fruity Funhouse" from CEMENT SHOES A Peace Product of the USA 7".
And that's not quite all - the releases are really stacking up over here - but I think you'll be as excited as I am for the sheer quality of work we're about to embark upon. Slated for a mid-August release, I'm proud to announce that Feel It will be releasing an LP for Olympia's BETA BOYS, entitled Late Nite Acts. And let me tell ya, these 10 tracks absolutely KILL! To say that Beta Boys have made a great transition from 7" to LP material would be an understatement. This album is currently at mastering and we hope to have a preview track next month. Look for Beta Boys to have LPs at Skull Fest and on a short East coast tour in August. Coinciding with that, we'll have a brand new 7" single from yet another Olympia group, STIFF LOVE. Recorded direct to tape with Capt. Tripps (who also recorded the Gen Pop 7") on the heels of touring around Everything Is Not OK Fest, these two tracks represent Stiff Love at their best yet! These ladies have an undeniable rock'n'roll knack and all the swagger to back it up. They will also be coming out for Skull Fest with Beta Boys! Beyond that, I have another two very, very special 12" releases to announce, but lets rest there for now.
Yes, that really is another new issue of the almighty DISTORT. Distort Tokyo, in fact. This is perhaps the most that DX has written about new music in some time, including everything from Milk Music to Sleep to Death Side. Nearly 100% editorial, jam packed full of writing at 32 pages (half size, as Distort will be from now on) plus a center spread with a gig flyer for the upcoming Rixe/Total Control show. If you are a subscriber, your copy goes out on Friday! I also found some stock copies of a few Distort back issues for anyone looking.
I'll keep this short, but the distro is literally and figuratively bursting with great new releases and reissues. Highlights include the recent NO TREND Teen Love 7" reissue and archival You Deserve Your Life LP, SKULL CULT LP, new NANDAS 7" EP, SIMPLY SAUCER 2xLP, 500 Flyers book from Sam Ryser and Eugene Terry, a new live KALEIDOSCOPE tape, CIVIC's New Vietnam 12" (my fave new Australian group, seriously well done and driving hard rock/punk), the SPECIAL INTEREST 12", and FETISH 7" single.
Have a look in the NEW ARRIVALS section!
Free shipping always applies for US orders of $60 or more.
For any Richmond locals reading this, I'll also be at the VG MINUS Record Fair at Hardywood Brewery on May 6, and will be cutting loose some goods from my personal collection.
BANDS ON TOUR:
I'll be hitting the road with CEMENT SHOES in May! While this means that all online orders placed after May 18 will not shipuntil May 29, I will have a large selection of the distro on tour. So come see Da Shoes if we're hitting your city! We'll have a new tape featuring the 7" single tracks, shirts, and other fun stuff.Sat 5/19 Raleigh @ The Bunker w/ Mind Dweller, Scarecrow
Here's the route:
Sun 5/20 Atlanta @ The EARL w/ Tit, Rapturous Grief
Mon 5/21 Hattiesburg, MS
Tues 5/22 New Orleans
Weds 5/23 Memphis @ Lamplighter Lounge
Thurs 5/24 St. Louis @ CBGB w/ Q, Body Leash
Fri 5/25 Chicago - TBA early gig before The Spits show
Sat 5/26 Cleveland @ Now That's Class w/ Aquarium, Drum Machine, Straight A's, Roobydocks
Sun 5/27 Pittsburgh w/ Blood Pressure
And while I'm still waiting on more info for the GEN POP tour in June, here's an excellent tour poster designed by D.H. Strother. Should have a full itinerary for the next update.
Okay, that's IT for now. Until next time...